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Smart elevator plans underway at ThyssenKrupp

Ongoing research seeks to augment the functionality, time efficiency and sustainability of elevator units

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO, ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp said its elevators division is working to develop products and services which include elements of smart technology.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator's spokespersons said the company considers BIM to be an “interesting” market which will gain importance for buildings which will be constructed in the future. The company is investigating solutions available on the market which can modify elevator data into BIM compatible software, and the company is currently in negotiations with various developers for the same.

“Buildings in our cities today are being locked in to poor energy patterns by inefficient building services which have an average lifespan of 15 years,” Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator said.

“Facilities such as elevators, heating and so on are not running at their most efficient levels, so it is of utmost importance we address this now and upgrade facilities more resourcefully, else we run the risk of low energy performances until 2030.”

Schierenbeck called for sustainability to be given due respect as a function inherent to construction processes and products: “The need for sustainable urbanisation is something we can no longer ignore, and with a number of clear and tangible benefits, energy-efficient elevator solutions are at the core of delivering truly sustainable cities of the future.

“The time to integrate these systems into buildings is now. The expertise and products already exist; the challenge is speeding up the integration process to upgrade our building stock more quickly,” he added.

ThyssenKrupp’s existing technology for elevators includes Destination Selection Control (DSC), a solution aimed at reducing elevator waiting time and travel time; and increasing energy efficiency.  DSC requires passengers to enter their desired destination floor on a keypad before entering the elevator. The system then groups together all passengers going to the same destination.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator's notable projects in the Middle East include Dubai International Airport (Dubai, UAE), Yas Mall (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and CMA Tower (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). 

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